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bPay Loop adds payments to your wearable: Garmin and Mondaine confirm support

bPay Loop adds payments to your wearable: Garmin and Mondaine confirm support

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While many have been worrying about whether they can use Apple or Android Pay on their smartphone, bPay has been presenting a number of easy payment options for a number of years. Now it is the turn of wearables, with Garmin and Mondaine both confirming... >>

Android Auto explored: Taking Google on the road

Android Auto explored: Taking Google on the road

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Android Auto has been around for a number of years. Announced in 2014, Android Auto first made its appearance in third-party head units, such as some from Pioneer, with a number of car manufacturers confirming they would be offering it in the future.... >>

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2016

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2016

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With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, then there's anticipation of something else, the next big thing. We've rounded up the best smartphones for... >>

Jaguar wants you to Feel Wimbledon, with VR experience and Andy Murray japes

Jaguar wants you to Feel Wimbledon, with VR experience and Andy Murray japes

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Jaguar has turned to VR to support its position as Official Car of The Championships Wimbledon, creating a VR experience. Not only is the company supplying 170 vehicles in support of The Championships, but it's having a little fun with Andy Murray too.... >>

Always wanted a Bose speaker? Now you can get your kids to build one

Always wanted a Bose speaker? Now you can get your kids to build one

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Bose is looking to demystify the world of audio with BoseBuild, a build-it-yourself category of products that will let kids discover what goes into a speaker and figure out how it all works. The BoseBuild kit is all about exploration, providing all the... >>

Sony Xperia X review: Sony in a spin?
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Sony Xperia X review: Sony in a spin?

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Sony Mobile seems to be in something of a spin. Having launched the Xperia Z5 family - in regular, Compact and Premium guises - the next throw of the dice was the Xperia X family, amidst rumours that the top-end Z was no more.  However, the Xperia X... >>

What is HDR, what TVs support HDR, and what HDR content can I watch?

What is HDR, what TVs support HDR, and what HDR content can I watch?

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The television industry never stands still, with manufacturers introducing new technologies every year to improve their TVs and convince you that now is the time to upgrade. Over the past few years we've seen the move from CRT to thin TVs, we've seen... >>

Best smartphones 2016: The best phones available to buy today

Best smartphones 2016: The best phones available to buy today

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So, you want to buy a new phone? If you're looking for the best smartphone of 2016, you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest mobile phones of the year to save you time when you go to your local phone shop. We continually update... >>

Barclays Contactless Mobile: How to setup, manage and pay with your Android phone

Barclays Contactless Mobile: How to setup, manage and pay with your Android phone

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Whether Barclays was in or out has perhaps been the UK's biggest mobile banking debate. Apple Pay launched and Barclays wasn't on the list. Android Pay was a long time coming, and Barclays wasn't on the list. Barclays has now quietly enabled the contactless... >>

Which Amazon Kindle is best for you? Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage or Kindle Oasis?

Which Amazon Kindle is best for you? Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage or Kindle Oasis?

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The Kindle reader is one of the most popular choices for ebook reading, letting you read your favourite books on a digital device, without the drawbacks that come with using a tablet or smartphone. Not only is the Kindle power efficient, meaning it will... >>

Honor 5C launches in Europe: Metal body mid-ranger, £149 price tag

Honor 5C launches in Europe: Metal body mid-ranger, £149 price tag

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Honor has announced that the Honor 5C will be available from today, 20 June, in the UK and across Europe. Launched previously in Asia, the European version of the Honor 5C loses the fingerprint scanner on the rear, which Honor says was necessary to hit... >>

Honor 5C preview: Affordable phone of the year?

Honor 5C preview: Affordable phone of the year?

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While big budget phones get launched on an international stage, following a long campaign of leaks and teases, it's at the budget end of the spectrum where things are fiercely competitive. Huawei was always an aggressive player when it came to price,... >>

BT Smart Hub: BT's new Hub is faster, smarter and ready for the future

BT Smart Hub: BT's new Hub is faster, smarter and ready for the future

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BT has announced its latest router, called the BT Smart Hub, and claims it has the most powerful Wi-Fi signal of all its broadband rivals, to ensure a connection that's even faster and more stable. Although it doesn't officially carry a Home Hub name... >>

Ford GT: Ford Performance heritage from 1966 to Le Mans 2016

Ford GT: Ford Performance heritage from 1966 to Le Mans 2016

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Sitting in an innocuous shed on the outskirts of Ford's Dagenham estate lies the Ford Heritage Centre. To look at, the building is perhaps as much a heritage piece as the cars that sit within. We pull up outside the new Ford Mustang GT, and with a parking... >>

Mini's future vision is an urban go-kart, made for sharing

Mini's future vision is an urban go-kart, made for sharing

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BMW's stargazing has reached Mini, with the company unveiling its Vision Next 100 model in London. Joining siblings from BMW and Rolls-Royce, the future of Mini is designed to be fun, funky, and shared with strangers. Acknowledging that urban dwellers... >>

The Rolls-Royce of the future is an autonomous land yacht with an AI concierge

The Rolls-Royce of the future is an autonomous land yacht with an AI concierge

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It's a rare day that Rolls-Royce unveils a new car, it's an even rarer day that Rolls-Royce unveils its future vision for luxury motoring. Unveiled in London, as part of BMW Group's Vision Next 100, the Rolls-Royce concept outlines the future vision for... >>

VerveLife by Motorola: Ones, Loop or Rider headphones have all your sports covered

VerveLife by Motorola: Ones, Loop or Rider headphones have all your sports covered

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VerveLife by Motorola was announced at Mobile World Congress 2016, offering a range of funky active accessories for your smartphone. Officially unveiled on 14 June and hitting stores on 16 June, we got our hands on this new range of connected devices... >>

Best VR headsets to buy in 2016, whatever your budget

Best VR headsets to buy in 2016, whatever your budget

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The age of virtual reality is upon us (again) with a torrent of devices and content launching throughout 2016. There has been a buzz around virtual reality (VR) for the past few years. Some of this has come from the lengthy development of devices like... >>

What is Project Scorpio? The future of Xbox explained

What is Project Scorpio? The future of Xbox explained

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When the Xbox One S was announced at E3 2016, it was easy to get excited and look forward to some HDR gaming. The new console adds 4K support, as well as introducing HDR gaming, which all sounds very nice. However, the Xbox One S is something of an interim... >>

Hive Active Light: Connected bulbs make Hive a major smarthome player

Hive Active Light: Connected bulbs make Hive a major smarthome player

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Hive has today announced the addition of connected lighting to the Hive home, adding a major component to its smarthome portfolio.  Hive started with heating - making perfect sense for a company founded from British Gas - but the addition of Active Light... >>

Motorola Moto Z vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs HTC 10 vs LG G5: What's the difference?

Motorola Moto Z vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs HTC 10 vs LG G5: What's the difference?

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Motorola took to the stage at Lenovo Tech World 2016 to unveil the new Moto Z. This new super smartphone replaces the Moto X as the flagship Moto device. It's packed with flagship specs and innovation, looking to offer you something a little different,... >>

Hive teases illuminating launch, smart lighting predicted

Hive teases illuminating launch, smart lighting predicted

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Hive, the smarthome arm of British Gas, has teased that there's a new addition coming to the Hive home. Sharing via its Twitter account, Hive says that there's something illuminating coming, with an accompanying video that simply shows flashing lights.... >>

Lenovo Tech World 2016: All the announcements that matter

Lenovo Tech World 2016: All the announcements that matter

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Lenovo took to the stage in San Francisco to host Lenovo Tech World 2016, announcing a range of products, including plenty of innovation in the mobile space. Lenovo Tech World is an innovation showcase from the company, giving it the chance to show the... >>

Motorola Moto Z vs Moto Z Force: What's the difference?

Motorola Moto Z vs Moto Z Force: What's the difference?

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Lenovo has revealed its new flagship handset, the Moto Z. Wiping the Moto X away, this new generation of super smartphones not only offers top-draw specs, it also offers an ecosystem of modular accessories - Moto Mods. There are two handsets, however,... >>

Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Lenovo has taken to the stage at Lenovo Tech World 2016 to unveil its next-gen handset, the Moto Z, which steps into flagship territory. But rather than just launching one new handset, Motorola has unveiled two versions of this handset, the Moto Z and... >>